Dani Hayes

Assistant News Director & Online Managing Editor

Dani, hailing from Highland, Utah, graduated from Utah State University with a BS in journalism and a minor in art history. The plan was to become an art critic at some exotic area in Europe but then she discovered public radio during an internship at UPR. After graduation, she worked for the LDS Church's radio station called the Mormon Channel. After 2 1/2 years there, she was drawn back to Logan to be a full-time employee at Utah Public Radio. She handles the UPR website and all its social media platforms, as well as sharing the newsroom load with Kerry Bringhurst. She also produces various UPR original series.

She believes everything in life can be related back to a Seinfeld episode.  

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One Injured In Small Plane Crash In Cache Valley

Jul 19, 2018

One person was injured when a small plane crashed in southern Cache Valley Thursday morning. 

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Current and forecasted weather paired with extremely dry vegetation throughout northern Utah have created hazardous fire conditions. 

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In May, the city of St. George initiated an ordinance for residents that limits outdoor watering from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Data from the last 2 months show that most people are watering their lawns between 4:00 and 6:00 a.m. Because of this, there is a large drop in water pressure causing water coverage from sprinklers to be less effective.

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Flashing his trademark smile and touting a patched-up relationship with the president, Mitt Romney rolled through the Republican primary in his adopted Utah on Tuesday and took another step in his political comeback that would have him assume the Senate seat of retiring Orrin Hatch.

Rescue team searches for missing 35-year-old man at Newton Dam
Brian Champagne

A 35- year-old man went missing while swimming with a group of people in Newton Dam reservoir on Saturday. 

Utah is a destination spot for those who want to explore the raw, untouched lands of America. Adventurers seek out Utah to experience the awe of the land by exploring its northern snow-capped mountains or the river-carved canyons of the south.

Family in front of Solution Focus RV.
Dani Hayes

In today’s digital and mobile world, there are so many ways to get the word out about a cause. Some people use social media, others start a podcast or blog, and some take it on the road. 

Busy sidewalk outside the Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City
Dani Hayes

Understanding its popularity, Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton, wanted to make the musical more accessible to the youth. So, in a partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Miranda created the Hamilton Education Program

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This Friday there will be some very happy high school students packing the Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City. Students from around the state will be traveling to Utah's capital to watch the award-winning musical Hamilton, a hit Broadway production about founding father Alexander Hamilton. 

Selma, Alabama water tower
Brianne Johnson

By only looking at the civil rights movement through the lens of Martin Luther King Jr., we would see a cursory story of Jim Crow segregation, and the struggle for voting rights. But if we follow the story of a child, who was a foot soldier in the movement, we would reveal a more visceral story. 

First African Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Jason Gilmore

On our journey along King’s Road, we visited Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The story of Tuscaloosa is not well-remembered in the annals of civil rights history. 

New yoga series to take place in Utah's state parks
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The Utah Department of Natural Resources announced a new outdoor yoga series taking place in nine different state parks. Organizers hope the experience of practicing yoga in the outdoors will help participants feel more connected to nature.

King's Road: 50 Years Later, People Continue To Remember

Apr 10, 2018
Interviews during the 50th anniversary of MLK's assassination at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.
Jason Gilmore

On April 4, 2018, the bells rang out in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, and around the world, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  

USU President Noelle Cockett discussing results of an independent investigation of the school's Piano Program
Dani Hayes

In light of multiple social media claims of sexual assault and discrimination in a university music program, officials from Utah State University hired an outside organization to investigate. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. being interviewed by the press.
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On April 3, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. found himself in Memphis, Tennessee to lend support to a sanitation workers’ strike.  

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The UPR Original Series “King’s Road: Where Do We Go From Here?” is an exploration of the ongoing civil rights movement through a contemporary study of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy 50 years after his assassination. 

Coming soon to Utah Public Radio, “King’s Road: Where Do We Go From Here?” A five-part radio series exploring the ongoing Civil Rights Movement through a contemporary study of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy 50 years after his assassination.

Rep. Rob Bishop Votes Yes On Bill Aimed To Improve School's Safety
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U.S. Representative Rob Bishop has voted in favor of a house resolution, which will provide funding to make public schools more safe. 

Mitt Romney meets with USU students
Matilyn Mortenson

Students on the Utah State University Logan campus had an opportunity to shake hands with a former governor, Olympic organizer and past presidential candidate Wednesday.

Art created in the Art Therapy for Survivors of Sexual Assault workshop
Kat Smith

A Utah organization is using art as a form of therapy for victims of sexual assault or abuse. Art Access's five-week art therapy program has a history of helping clients express themselves.

Cache County School District

A letter from the superintendent was sent out to employees, parents and students of the Cache County School District on Friday.  It addressed the recent school shooting in Florida and what the district is doing to increase safety.

Cache Refugee and Immigrate Connection

2017 was a big year for the Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection, an organization dedicated to helping improve the lives of immigrants and refugees in Cache Valley. 

Medically complex children pilot program
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In 2015, a pilot program was approved by the Utah Legislature giving financial assistance to families with children who have complex medical conditions, such as a disability and who don't typically qualify for Medicaid. The funds for the program run out in June. This year, H.B. 100 would give the program ongoing funding by a Medicaid waiver. 

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance organization has released a statewide video focusing on a chaining plan, a practice the alliance describes as destructive, within Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. 

Dani Hayes

Education is often a topic of discussion during a legislative session and 2018 is no different.

Senate Majority Whip Stuart Adams says his top priority is always education.

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